There’s a good chance you know about Caine’s Arcade. The video portraying the story of a nine-year-old East L.A. boy who created an elaborate arcade using cardboard — and his imagination — went massively viral last spring. It not only became an Internet sensation, it also inspired kids around the globe to delve into their own imaginations and build fun cardboard creations. And it helped launch the Imagination Foundation, which aims to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine.
The Imagination Foundation is celebrating their launch with a Global Cardboard Challenge this Saturday, October 6. Kids of all ages are invited to get their creative juices flowing at cardboard play events around the world, and there’s one happening right here in our town.
DC’s Cardboard Play Day will take place at Horace Mann Elementary School from 1-4pm, where guests can play and build awesome things out of cardboard just like Caine. Those who have already made an arcade game are welcome to bring it to add to the mix, and supplies will be on hand for kids to create their own. Light snacks and refreshments will also be available. And while this is all free of charge, donations will be welcome to help support the Imagination Foundation. RSVP on the website if you plan to join the fun.
And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching the Caine’s Arcade video. Just be sure to keep tissues handy.